Posted 11/07/2008
Dick Armey: 'Compassionate' Conservatism Was a Mistake
by Editor
Fomer House Majority Leader Dick Armey in the Wall Street Journal:  "'Compassionate' Conservatism Was a Mistake"

In 1992, Republican backbenchers including Newt Gingrich, myself, Bob Walker and John Boehner rose up to challenge the Clinton administration's agenda on taxes, spending and government-run health care. But before we could beat the Democrats, we had to beat the old bulls of our own party who had forgotten their principles and had become very comfortable as a complacent minority. We captured control of Congress in 1994 because we had confidence in our principles, and in the American people's willingness to understand and reward a national vision based on lower taxes, less government and more freedom.